Feb 15, 2013 3:00pm EST
month by talking about some significant issues in the black community today. guns. 15-year-old hadiya pendleton died a week after performing at the inauguration, a victim of gun violence in chicago. >> she was 15 years old. she loved fig newtons. she was a majorette. she was so good to her friends they all thought they were her best friend. >> it's so sweet but in too many ways her story is unextraordinary because black america is plagued by gun violence. in 2011 the number of blacks under 22 killed by guns was more than triple the number of u.s. soldiers killed in afghanistan. the number of plaque children killed by gunfire since 1979 is over 13 times more than the number of blacks lynched between 1882 and 1968. and since 1969 homicides involving firearms have been the leading cause of death for black males age 15 to 19. that is the leading cause of hopelessness and nihilism and morbidity we see in our young black men who feel themselves one step away from the grave every day. perhaps more tragically, most homicides are intraracial. the vast majority of killers of blacks are blacks.